What is Switchel and How Do You Make It?

Have you been wondering what is this new hipster drink switchel and how do you make it? Here's the best recipe!

Maybe you’ve heard about the latest hipster craze? It’s called switchel and it’s making its way into homes and restaurants and even as a mixer at bars.

Only, it’s not actually a new drink. It’s been around for centuries and was the original – and dare I say far healthier – version of Gatorade.

If you’ve been wondering what is switchel? How do you make it? Here’s the definitive answer and recipe.

What is Switchel?

Switchel originated as Haymaker’s Punch.  It was called Haymaker’s Punch because it was used to refresh workers bringing in the hay crop.

The original drink was made with apple cider vinegar, molasses and ginger. Once the mixture was made, it was left to ferment before being added to water.

Today, there are many versions of Switchel. Apple cider vinegar and ginger are in every recipe, but the sweetener is often switched up. Maple syrup and honey can easily stand in for the molasses.

If you go for the classic recipe, the Switchel will have a gingerbread flavor from the molasses. Molasses contains a number of essential minerals and vitamins, so it is worth trying it to see if you like it.

However, if the taste of the molasses is too strong, go ahead and substitute an equal amount of maple syrup or honey.

What is switchel? How is it made? Includes the best recipe for this hipster drink.

How Do I Make Switchel?

I’m going to teach you to make switchel with a recipe I know everyone enjoys.

In a jar, combine:

6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I always use this one)
4 tablespoons honey (or molasses or maple syrup)
3 teaspoons grated ginger

Cover and allow to ferment in the refrigerator for a day.

To serve, strain out the ginger pieces if you’d like. Then shake mixture and add several tablespoons to 6 ounces water. How many tablespoons you use will depend on your taste.

If you have a soda stream, this makes the most delicious addition to carbonated water!

Try a glass of this after your next workout. Doesn’t it make the perfect thirst quencher?

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  1. how does this ferment in the fridge? – with it being cold, i thought you needed room temp for fermentation.

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